‘Women’s Work 2: the “I” of Venus’ Opening Reception: Sunday 15th March, 5pm – 8pm at the Gallery of Caribbean Art
‘Women’s Work 2 : ‘The ” I” of Venus‘ was inspired by the success of ‘Behold! Women’s Work ‘ in 2013 and by the new energies born from the collaborations in that show.
12 women artists bring their personal, widely different styles, media and temperaments to the interpretations of ‘The “I” of Venus’, some are literal, while others vary in their intensity and scope of abstraction.
They range from Darla Trotman‘s literal, photorealistic interpretations, through Heidi Berger‘s gently lyrical portrayals of Barbadian women and the softly romantic portraits of Tracey Williams, to Rosemary Parkinson’s sharp wit, expressed in stark, cartoonish black,-white and red drawings and Lilian Sten’s , unapologetically stormy , abstract renditions of the female principle.
Alison Chapman-Andrews shows new variations of her well established oeuvre, but also joins Corrie Scott and Martina Pilé with round-bellied mixed media portrayals of the Goddess in her many glorious and voluptuous forms.
Joyce Daniel celebrates the birthing theme with an, almost imperceptible, nod to Botticelli and Ann Rudder presents her ancestral narratives in colourful, multi- layered assemblages.
Heather-Dawn Scott steps away from her ‘nostalgic Caribbeana’ paintings to confront the viewer with edgy and visually exciting mixed media works, while the trade-mark natural, and effortless, elegance of Ichia Tiyi‘s jewellery combines the spiritual and earthy qualities of universal womanhood.
All are visual explorations of the complexities of Venus-the goddess of love, creativity, prosperity and sex.
The exhibition will be formally opened by Leader Of The Opposition, Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P., whose dynamic stint as Minister of Culture saw an exponential development in the areas of art and culture.
‘The “I” of Venus’ can be enjoyed at the Gallery of Caribbean Art in Speightstown for a full three weeks: from March 13th until April 9th.